Graeme Williams ('13) | Digital Entertainment Technology
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
For some people, their college major is a gateway to a career. For others, it's a way to improve the world and help those who need it most. And for some, it's a passion.
For Graeme Williams, it's all three.
ACU is known for its quality of education across all majors. As technology advances, the digital entertainment industry advances as well, and ACU is smart enough to jump on the front of the bandwagon rather than be stuck in the back.
"Like most teenage boys, I wanted to play games, and with playing games comes the desire to make them. I have always loved the social aspect of games and want to find ways to fix the problems I find in them," he says.
He’s found his niche in ACU's new Digital Entertainment Technology program, which balances computer programming skills with the creativity and imagination necessary to create a gaming universe. In the SITC department, he has both freedom to develop his own ideas and assistance from experienced faculty members.
Hard at work playing games
"Unlike most majors I've seen, DET is focused more on actual experience and experimentation rather than theoretical ideals. The DET major allows you to use your own learning style and speed and still come out with extremely valuable knowledge that you have practical experience with," he says.
Dr. Brian Burton, assistant professor of information technology, says the new major fills a growing demand. "Other programs similar to ours are turning away hundreds of students per year," he says. "The need for Christian leadership in the digital entertainment field has never been greater."
The new degree is interdisciplinary, meaning students work with faculty from several fields including art & design, English, journalism and project management, as well as SITC faculty, Burton says. "The degree is very dynamic and flexible so that each student is able to specialize in his or her area of interest."
A perfect mix of learning and doing
For Graeme, it's a perfect environment in which to perfect his skills and indulge his passion for gaming. And he's surrounded by people who are willing to help him learn what he needs to know in order to achieve his goals.
"If you are passionate about creating games or movies, the classes are the most enjoyable you can imagine," he says.
Students are encouraged to learn on their own, "yet the professors are always available to help you through whatever problem you may be having in your current project and teach you all aspects of the production you may need to know," Graeme says. "Working on the group projects allows you to understand the basics of all aspects of the project you are designing and prepares you well for the corporate world."
Graeme doesn't consider this sort of spirit unique to the SITC program, however. He sees academic excellence as a hallmark of the ACU experience.
"ACU is known for its quality of education across all majors. As technology advances, the digital entertainment industry advances as well, and ACU is smart enough to jump on the front of the bandwagon rather than be stuck in the back," he says.
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